Friday, July 27, 2012

Calligraphy Flourish Friday - hope

I hope you have had a good week. 
Are you staying cool in this heat?

At the Calligraphy Guild of Indiana meeting this past Saturday, Sandy Wagner gave an excellent presentation on Monoline Text Blocks using Romans. The letters not the people. :)

I took some time to practice this week.  Thank you, Sandy!

The curved letters, particularly the O and the D, gave me fits. 

I wanted to try to incorporate a text block into a piece.  But two words into it, I realized not only was my spacing terrible, I wasn't even using the Romans we had learned.

 I was bummed, because I really liked the background and the lettering of "hope" with a folded pen.  Not willing to give up on the piece, I turned it 90 degrees and wrote H-O-P-E over and over.  Then I added a snippet from a not-so-successful folded pen attempt.

I'm happy with the result.

Happy weekend, friends!


  1. I rally like the way the text block adds another level of depth to the overall piece and adds the textural border to the abstract square. I also like the way you placed the scripture reference to mimic that texture element.
    Thanks for sharing your process and encouragement to not give up when something doesn't turn out exactly as hoped. I think the piece is successful!

  2. I love the results and the scripture too. Have a great weekend. Linda E.

  3. Well, it's beautiful, as always! Thank you for sharing your process-and your encouraging words, I think a big part of being creative is learning to 'punt' when things don't go as planned.

  4. Happy accident, I'd say. It looks great!

  5. Great save Jane! The overwriting creates such beautiful texture.

  6. I love how it turned out - great texture!

  7. Great piece of calligraphy and color, I love the hope. xoxo


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